"If the mayor defunds the police, I'm going to shoot her"

When Officer Steven Poulos expressed his thoughts, the room went quiet: “If the mayor defunds the police, I’m going to shoot her,” Poulos’ sergeant recalled hearing the officer say, referring to Mayor Kate Gallego.

The sergeant broke the silence, saying, “You’re not going to shoot the mayor.”

Poulos doubled down, “That’s a promise,” he responded.

Poulos’s comments were detailed in a Tempe police report recently released to The Arizona Republic as part of a public records request. A Tempe police detective interviewed the sergeant and the other five officers who were at the meeting with Poulos.